Friday, June 28, 2013

Father's Day {Favorite Photo Friday}

Believe it or not, I'm still working on my May post.  It might be the longest post in blog history....

But, I wanted to go back just a bit and capture Father's Day.  

P had said for several weeks prior that he knew exactly what he wanted to get Daddy for Father's Day.

In fact, he knew the PERFECT Father's Day gift for Daddy!

He wanted to go to Dollar General and buy Daddy a light bulb!  

I loved it.

Though it didn't come from DG, P-man gifted his sweet Daddy with not only a light bulb, but with sidewalk chalk as well.  

And you know what?

He was right.

It was absolutely perfect.

{thankful for}
a wonderful husband who is an even better Daddy
P's sweet spirit
a simple Father's Day weekend working around the house with the fam

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Spring Valley Beach {What I'm LOVING Wednesday}

Sunday morning, we loaded up and headed out to Spring Valley Beach!  

(As a funny I have to add, we hardly E-V-E-R miss church on Sunday morning.  When we drove by church on the way, I said to Justin, "Hey.  I wonder what's going on at the church today."  He just looked at me like, "duh...." lol...

Anyway, we got there, got parked, and hit the water!  And Mr. P?

LOVED it!!!!

He went by himself on a few of them and even one of the "bigger" ones.  It really scared me the first time he did because as soon as he went he lost his mat, hit his head, and went down backwards.  Thankfully, my little fish was just fine and was ready to do it all over again.  He's getting so big and brave.  Where did my baby go?!

Justin is slightly addicted to shaved ice and always has to tell me about getting "tiger's blood with cream" (gross) as a child, so it was sweet to watch him share this treat with Perry.  Justin got banana flavored so he wouldn't have to share with me.  ;) 

I cannot even believe that Perry is as strong of a swimmer as he is.  With him, its like he waits and waits and waits to do things, but as soon as he decides he's ready he is ALL in.  

I couldn't love my little water baby more!

{thankful for}
time spent with family
time with P
crystal clear cool water
picnic lunch complete with spicy hummus
a fun sister 
a daredevil husband willing to ride the big ones with me
the coolest parents who ride the rides
getting all Jack's paperwork printed and in a binder this week

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Norm and Nemo {Sunday Snapshot}

Our beloved beta, Norman, did not survive his water change this week and went on to be with Jesus.

Which was traumatic for all involved.  I'm pretty sure I butchered the concept of Heaven and completely freaked out Perry.  Score one for Mommy.

Perry could not at all grasp that Norman was in heaven because his body was still in the tank.  I was afraid if he just woke up and Norman wasn't there he'd freak, and I wanted to take this as an opportunity to do a little "funeral" and bury Norman and try to introduce this whole heaven concept in the most practical way I could.  

Worst. Idea. Ever.

So, I tried to explain how the good part of us, our soul, flies to heaven when we die.  Stupid me.  Way too much for a 4 year old.  So P was like, "The inside is in heaven but the outside isn't?"  So then I said we could flush him in the toilet and he could swim to heave like Nemo did.

"NO!!!!  Because if we flush him to the Ocean, he might get eaten by the sharks!  Besides Mommy... our potty water doesn't go to the ocean.  It goes to a sep-sic tank and we don't want Norman to go where all the {insert potty words} goes (I know, I know... a bit much).  AND Mommy, when the big machines come to empty our sep-sic tank, they'll suck up Norman up the big big hose and it will be yucky!"

Kids gotta point.

So, we talked about burying Norman somewhere special.

"NO!!!! Because that would be scary and we don't want Norman to be scared.  Plus, there's no water in the ground for Norman to swim in."

True dat.

So, Perry's plan was to put Norman in a plastic bag and set him on the counter.  For forever. 


So, when P was busy watching Jake and the Neverland Pirates, I sent Norman to the big ocean in the sky via the Porcelain Express and told P to come look that Norman flew on to heaven.

Epic fail and pandemonium pursued and apparently that wasn't the right answer either.

I felt like a failure on all accounts and felt totally heartbroken for my little guy.

So, I did what any mom would do.  I told him we could go buy another fish!

It wasn't an instant fix-all, but it produced smiles and took the sting away.

And so, we proudly introduce you to the two newest Murphrees: Norm and Nemo.


Ni Hao Yall

Scavenger Hunt Sunday {Iphone Style}


In the sun, that is.  We have been at the pool several times each week and Perry is just turning into a little fish.  He finally decided he likes swimming under the water, sliding, and jumping off the diving board.  I definitely have a little water baby on my hands!

{Arts and Crafts}

Many mornings as I'm fixing breakfast or doing a few tasks around the house, P will ask to paint.  It's funny how I want to keep every single one of his masterpieces.  


We tend to do messy.  We also tend to do messy sans pants on.  We also tend to do pizza with messy bed-head.  For breakfast.


What an absolute blessing to be this little guy's Mommy and to get to spend my days with him.


P applied lots of effort to his crafts during Vacation Bible School this week.  This task in particular was to draw a picture of your family.  P unconventionally drew his photo on the foam part where it was a wee bit difficult to see.  However, he was very proud to show everyone his family: Himself, Mommy, Daddy, and his baby brudder Jack, who lives in 'Kre-uh.'  Melt. My. Heart.

To see other Sunday Scavenger Hunts, hop on over to Ashley's blog.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Magical {Favorite Photo Friday}

***PLEASE pray for Teresa!!!***
Click here for more info on this precious child.

I have not picked up my DSLR the entire summer thus far.  

But that doesn't stop me from capturing some truly "magical" moments.  

We have had a blast doing all things "summer" and can cross off our list "catching fire flies."  

However, I'm sure its an activity we will be willingly repeating several nights this summer! 

{thankful for}
VBS fun for p
lunch date at migos with p and mom
my origami owl necklace that reminds me of all my loves
magical nights of catching fireflies
kissing p's cheeks
p sneaking into our bed during the night and snuggle bugglin

the long road

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Happy Father's Day

are WONDERFUL people
too little understood,
we do not sing their praises
as often as we should.
~Helen Steiner Rice

{thankful for}
an amazing Daddy
an amazing Daddy for Perry and Jack
time spent together
the quietness of a library
the patience of Justin

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Splish, Splash {Favorite Photo Friday}

I have so much updating to do.  I'm planning on going back and documenting most of May.  

Oh May.  

Full of SO much JOY and SO much sickness! :/  

May was definitely one for the books but holds SO many memories!

Until then, I want to leave you with a small insight into what we've been up to lately.  

Pretty much everyday of our summer break so far has involved some form of water fun. 

 And, I for one, am not complaining!

{thankful for}
the opportunity to stay home with P
cooking for Becky
the {two} new additions to our family
P becoming more fond of Jack
bunk beds for both my boys
dinner with friends scheduled for tomorrow evening

the long road

Our Adoption Timeline

  • June 19, 2011- We are officially "Paper Pregnant!" We have submitted our Waiting Child Application to Holt!
  • July 5, 2011- Submitted our formal Home Study Application to Villa Hope
  • September 6, 2011- Submitted all of our paperwork for our Home Study
  • October 8, 2011- Completed our First Home Visit
  • October 17, 2011- Completed our Second Home Visit
  • November 14, 2011- Home Study Approved
  • December 1, 2011- Filed our I600a
  • February 1, 2012- I600a Approval Letter
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